DIXIE STATE COLLEGE OF UTAH

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL


Section: 6-Administration

Policy No: 85

Approved: 3/11/98

Policy: CONFINED SPACE

6-85 CONFINED SPACE

85.1 Purpose: A general policy regarding the confined space workplace is provided as an action plan to guide the Dixie State College Administration and/or assigned personnel in confined space workplace identification, education, employee control and rescue action plan procedure.

85.2 Definition

Confined space is a space that :

85.2.1 Has limited or restricted means of entry or exit, such as a electrical utility manhole

85.2.2 Has little ventilation where an oxygen-deficient environment may develop such as a sewer manhole or;

85.2.3 Where chemical or physical hazards may be present, such as a chemical storage room.

85.3 General Policy

It is the policy of Dixie State College to:

85.3.1 Provide safe workplace standards and rescue action for employees required to work in areas defined as "confined."

85.3.2 Comply with applicable program requirements as outlined in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA0, 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.

85.3.3 Provide department heads, supervisors and employees Confined /space Workplace information and training needed to perform their assigned tasks effectively.

85.3.4 Establish a written permit program for confined space Workplace that:

85.3.4.1 Defines a confined space workplace

85.3.4.2 Documents entry permit procedures, equipment and record keeping

85.3.4.3 Establishes a rescue action plan

85.3.4.4 Identifies work team responsibilities

85.3.4.5 Identifies rescue team responsibilities

85.3.5 Use the safety committee to promote and ensure that safe Confined space Workplace procedures and rescue plans are prepared and followed.

85.3.6 Establish a listing of identified Confined space Workplace locations and classifications.